Loving Life in Llangrove


Waxing lyrical about their new Freeman Home, our Lifestyle magazine team met with the Browns to find out why they’re so happy they made the move to the Herefordshire village of Llangrove.


Something we can all identify with, the Browns are a couple keen on making decisions to uncomplicate life. Between work, family commitments, a healthy social calendar and holidays to be had, the idea of realistically renovating rarely excites.

“We always wanted to buy a new house to avoid having to do any painting or DIY,” says Marcia Brown, explaining that their initial introduction to Freeman Homes’ new builds was in Staunton at The Orchard - a quartet of four-bedroom houses nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside which were swiftly snapped up.

However, it wasn’t long before another development by the family-owned housebuilders took their fancy. Also offering a tranquil countryside setting, The Close in the village of Llangrove comprises six contemporary four double bedroom detached homes with impressive views over the Wye Valley and out to the Black Mountains.

Situated a short drive from both Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, the location ticked boxes for the Browns, positioning them midway between family who live in Cheltenham and Usk. But for the Browns, the ultimate clincher was the “high quality finish”.

“The storage is superb. There are fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms and the finish throughout the house is fabulous. Friends who visit for the first time are always wowed. It’s also warm and inexpensive to run,” says Marcia.

Appreciative of the fact they were able to choose their own flooring and tiles, The Browns were relieved to otherwise not need to dwell on interior detail decisions when it came to the house purchase, enabling a smooth, pain-free process.

“Freeman Homes’ sales staff have been excellent and are always at the end of the line if we want local advice or recommendations. They were helpful with curtain recommendations and suggesting who to get in touch with for gardening services.”

Making the most of the thriving village life, the Browns enthusiastically mention the array of activities close to their doorstep: “People are friendly in the village and there’s lots going on. There’s a table tennis club, a community café with proceeds going to charity, a pub that’s great for Sunday lunch, a local church, and very good delicatessen. There’s even a walking group. And there’s good shopping in Monmouth and Ross not far away.”

There’s a range of ages in Llangrove, with a number of primary and secondary schools close by, all with positive Ofsted reports. Hereford is only 16 miles away with a variety of dining options and a train station, and Gloucester can be reached within 24 miles. Both Bristol and Birmingham Airports are less than 90 minutes’ drive away.

With only two houses still available, this award-winning development – highly commended at the prestigious UK 2016 International Property Awards - benefits from generously proportioned homes with modern spatial layouts. The interior specification includes Silestone quartz countertops in the kitchen as well as Neff integrated appliances, an air source heat pump, wet underfloor heating to the ground floor and electric underfloor heating in the bathroom and en-suites, a woodburner in the living/dining room, modern wet room showers and Porcelanosa tiling in the bathrooms. Each home has bifold doors opening onto a private garden with patio and a driveway with private garage.

Click here for more information on The Close, Llangrove and for contact details to book a viewing.



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